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Monday June 30, 2008 8:52 am

The NBA Draft: What I Learned




Posted by Scott Sargent Categories: NBA Draft, NCAA, Rookies, Talent,

Danillo GallinariThe NBA Draft came and went quicker than a Vegas night’s sleep.  All of the mocks that preceded, and all of the commentary that followed seemed to roll right along with what most of us felt prior to the “big day”: No one has any idea what is going to happen.

Yes, the Rose-Beasley combo was at the top of many lists.  But who in the world thought that a top guard would fall to Indiana, and then they would trade him away?  Who thought that Darrell Arthur would fall into Brady Quinn territory?  Who knew that the Lopez brothers both sounded like they took turns playing South Park’s Ned?

While we were blindsided by several different events of the evening, the clay has been shaped for what will likely be yet another interesting season.  And the best part?  The roster moves are far from done.

- Is it safe to say that teams are coveting point guards?  Before Steve Nash won back-to-back MVP awards, we saw a slant towards the “big man.”  Now, everyone is stockpiling their smaller brethren, hoping that the fast-paced new game can lead their respective teams to the promise land.  Portland, Indiana, Minnesota, Seattle, Charlotte, Memphis… Guards galore. 

- More on the above.  Russell Westbrook going fourth overall seemed to be the watershed event of the night.  That forced the hands of many teams that were hoping a guard would fall to them.  Also the same reason why a bevy of big man gambles were taken by those in the ‘teens like Washington, Cleveland, etc. 

- With the sixth pick, the New York Knicks select Dan-booooooooooooooooooooooooooooo…

- At what point did teams stop looking at Kosta Koufos based on the chance that he could get more money from an overseas team?  I saw some mocks take him off of the board in the early double-figures.  I was scared s-less when he was still there and Cleveland was picking.  And then became a bit surprised when he fell all the way to Utah.  A good compliment to Okur, sure.  But I’ll be very surprised if he flourishes at this level.  Ever.

- While O.J. Mayo cannot be looking forward to playing in Memphis, he, Mike Conley and Rudy Gay could be one exciting trio to watch over the next few seasons.  The only down fall is that they’ll be capped at a New Jersey like level with no front court.  Unless you consider Darko a formidable force, of course.

- Perhaps this marks the end of players selecting where and when they work out?  Douglas-Roberts has an awful lot to prove at this point.  Now he’ll be doing it in a smaller house.

- If you’ve followed my work over the years, you know that I’m not a fan of International ball that features NBA players.  If I’m an Orlando Magic fan, I’m even more irritated right now given that Dwight Howard has a stress fracture in his sternum but was still slected to play in Beijing.  I know, not draft related, but I needed a place to vent.  And finally…

- Did anyone preorder their Mbah a Moute Bucks jerseys yet?  Anyone?

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